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Check out the success of our HUGS program!

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County
Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS)
The primary purpose of Collier Health Under Guided Systems (HUGS) is to provide a responsive, culturally competent system of care for children and youth with behavioral health needs. HUGS facilitates collaboration across agencies, as well as both public and private schools to improve access to culturally and linguistically competent services for families. The project provides coordinated, universal screenings and referrals to facilitate early identification and access to care to mitigate the effects of untreated problems later in life.

Provide Screening and system navigation to a minimum of 1300 […]

By |March 11th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Check out the success of our HUGS program!|

NAMI’s Success Stories

Here at NAMI of Collier County, the people that we help (or have helped!) are truly an inspiration to all of us. Read on, below, for a glimpse of our many success stories:

FIRST Program success stories:

The Collier County FIRST program provides intensive community re-entry assistance to inmates that life with serious mental illnesses who may also have co-occurring substance disorders. The program provides select inmates with services designed to facilitate their mental and behavioral health recovery. Referrals can come from family members, legal services, or community providers. Enrolled individuals have the opportunity to participate in mental health services, intensive case […]

By |March 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NAMI’s Success Stories|

Grady Fest 2014

Grady Fest started out in 2009 as a small regional meeting where Grady Owners gathered to hear from others about all things boating. In time, it has formed into a festival where hundreds of Grady Owners from around the world come to take part in the Grady Life! Grady Fest chose to support NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Collier County. We are so thankful and so blessed to have been this years selected Charity of The Fish Tale Grady Club’s hosted 2014 event. 
$16,000 was raised locally with a $15,000 match in place!!! The total amount raised at the […]

By |March 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Grady Fest 2014|

Another Fantastic NAMI Walk

Over 540 members of the community came out to support The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Collier County’s Hope Shines Walk on a beautiful April morning in Cambier Park. This was the largest gathering in the 12 year history of the NAMI Walk,  and demonstrates the growing impact NAMI has on the community.  Thirty-one teams participated in the Hope Shines Walk, with each team raising funds in support of NAMI.  Generous and enthusiastic support from Walk participants helps NAMI continue to offer all its programs free of charge.


The annual Walk is NAMI of Collier County’s second largest […]

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Names New DCF Secretary

Scott Names New DCF Secretary
By The Associated Press

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is naming a new secretary for the state’s embattled child welfare agency. 







Florida Department of Children and Families SunCoast Regional Director Mike Carroll will be the agency’s next interim secretary.

Credit Fort Myers News-Press


Scott on a Monday will announce that Mike Carroll has been appointed to take over the Department of Children and Families. Scott will make the announcement during a visit with child protective investigators in Jacksonville.

Carroll takes over for interim secretary Esther Jacobo. Jacobo has been in charge of the agency since last July’s abrupt resignation of David […]

By |March 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Florida Gov. Rick Scott Names New DCF Secretary|

NAMI of Collier County Walk 2013

“A symbol of our journey,” is how film and television actress Amy Yasbeck, this year’s Grand Marshal, described the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI’s) Annual Walk Fundraiser.  Speaking to a crowd of over 400 NAMI supporters and friends at Cambier Park on March 23, 2013, Ms. Yasbeck shared how mental illness has affected her family and how NAMI, through its programs and events, such as the Walk, honors the journey of the individuals and families who live with serious and persistent mental illness.

Recognizing the range of impact that mental illness can have on families, Ms. Yasbeck championed the […]

By |March 20th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NAMI of Collier County Walk 2013|
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    New Studies Highlight Trends in Child and Youth Mental Health

New Studies Highlight Trends in Child and Youth Mental Health

Two reports released in recent weeks provide updated views of mental health trends among children and youth.

On Nov. 13, 2013, JAMA Psychiatry published a study based on data from 1995-2010, titled “National Trends in the Mental Health Care of Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Office-Based Physicians.”

The other report, “Psychotropic Medication Use Among Adolescents: United States, 2005–2010” appears in a National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) data brief for December published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Office Visits for Children with Psychiatric Disorders are Increasing
The past several years have seen an increasing number of office visits […]

By |March 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Studies Highlight Trends in Child and Youth Mental Health|

A CNN Story: It’s About NAMI, So Listen Up!

There’s usually a back story to any main event.

In this case, the main event is a special feature by CNN, My Son is Mentally Ill, So Listen Up,”  a 10-minute video documentary and story by Wayne Drash.

The story is about Stephanie Escamilla of San Antonio and her 14-year-old son “Daniel” (a pseudonym because of his age) and his experience living with mental illness.

The feature was unveiled on the CNN website on Dec. 11. In addition, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta in news broadcasts on Dec. 12-13 discussed Daniel’s recovery, calling it “a daily struggle.”

Drash posted another video […]

By |March 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A CNN Story: It’s About NAMI, So Listen Up!|

NAMI Family-to-Family

What is NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program?
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free, 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses.

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By |March 16th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on NAMI Family-to-Family|
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    The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception

The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception

Years ago, in a college class, I learned that socioeconomic status was commonly used as a predictor of health outcomes in most countries. I remember this well because my professor chose to exemplify global cases with extreme pictures of poverty and ghastly pathologies. What my sensationalist instructor forgot back then was to address how international migration would affect the locally observed epidemiologic correlation.

Today, with a growing population ofLatinos in America, a paradox continues to gain statistical force based on mortality data. Upon arrival, struggling low-income Latino immigrants are generally healthier than most segments of the U.S. population.

The story appears […]

By |March 16th, 2013|hispanic, main nami|Comments Off on The Latino Paradox: Mental Health Appears to Not Be an Exception|